Where the Colts rank financially in the world

April, 15, 2014
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The Indianapolis Colts moved up 33 spots from last year when it comes to the average salary paid to their players, according to the ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey.

The Colts paid their players an average of $2 million last season. That’s a 32.6 percent increase from the 2012 season. Colts owner Jim Irsay paid $108.3 million worth of salaries in 2013.

The NBA and its guaranteed salaries is the highest-paying league in the world. About $2 billion was paid to 441 players, for an average salary of $4,522,283 per player, according to the Global Salary Survey.

When it comes to having the highest-paid athletes in the world, the Colts do not have anybody in the top 25. They don’t even have one of the top-10 highest-paid players in the league. Linebacker Robert Mathis will be the team’s highest-paid player at $8.75 million next season. Don't be surprised to see quarterback Andrew Luck become one of the highest-paid players in the world at some point in his career.

Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is No. 16 in the world and No. 7 in the NFL at $25 million.

The Colts will face four of the highest-paid players in the world during the 2014 season. Manning, Dallas’ Tony Romo ($26.5 million), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco ($30 million) and New England’s Tom Brady ($31 million) are all ranked.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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